One size does not fit all. There is no single approach that works well for every concern. Some of the approaches that I work from include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - trauma (anything too difficult for the body and brain to process) can be stored in the brain in an area that does not tell time. So the brain may not be aware that past threats are no longer present, creating thoughts, feelings, beliefs and reactions in our everyday experiences that seem out of proportion to reality. EMDR helps the brain reprocess these memories,
- Somatic-based (body-based) interventions - anxiety creates physical sensations and experiences. Extreme anxiety and trauma can be "housed" in the body and may need to be addressed through a physical practices rather than trying to change thought patterns first.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - thoughts, behaviors and emotions are inextricably tied together, if you change one, you can change the other. Discovering and challenging underlying, hidden beliefs can dramatically impact your sense of wellbeing.
- Solution-Focused - it's not always helpful to focus on the pain from our past. Instead, focusing on the solution to the issues at hand can be more important and effective.
- Trauma-Informed - for trauma sufferers, our experiences color everything about how we interact and cope with the world. Psychological and emotional safety become the primary goal. If you have suffered through trauma, this approach focuses on addressing these safety needs while processing your experiences so they can stop interfering with your life.
- Holistic approach - looking at ourselves as a whole. Mind, body and spirit are not separate and cannot be treated separately. For example, unaddressed physiological issues (like, a sleep disorder or vitamin deficiency) can impact overall health, as can relational and spiritual difficulties, etc.